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Poetry and Medicine
April 14, 2015


Author Affiliations
  • 1University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore

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JAMA. 2015;313(14):1479. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.18474

I shuffle
through the bustling halls
to room 184.
I got a call I say,
and a diligent nurse points
to a shut door.

As I arrive,
four sets of sunken eyes
zoom in on me,
but I have brought them
no answers,
just routine
declaration of death,
a formal protocol.

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